Indonesia notes strong US commitment as Blinken starts regional tour
The Straits Times|December 14, 2021
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made a strong commitment to Indonesia yesterday, a senior official said, as he kicked off a South-east Asian trip aimed at strengthening ties with a region that has become a strategic arena for Washington and Beijing.

JAKARTA In his first trip to the region since US President Joe Biden took office in January, Mr Blinken met Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the first of several top officials he will see on a four-day tour that includes Malaysia and Thailand.

Summarising the meeting with Jokowi, as the President is known, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said Mr Blinken showed a keen interest in partnering with their country, especially in infrastructure. “The US commitment was very noticeable,” Ms Retno told reporters.

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